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Whether you want to turn on the news to get a glimpse of the weather while brewing your coffee or want to get some sort of daily digest from the evening news while making dinner for the family, having a television in the kitchen can be a nice luxury. But what if space is at a premium? Today, there are plenty of small TVs that are just right for the job. And in many cases, these entertainment hubs have picture, sound quality, and added features that rival those larger versions you have in other rooms, like the family living space.
Here, the top-rated small TVs to consider for your kitchen.
Best Overall: LG 24-Inch Class LED HD Smart webOS TV
LG’s 24-inch LED HD TV earns top honors on our list of small televisions for the kitchen because it’s a great mix of performance and affordability. The sub-$200 pick won’t break the bank, but it has plenty of nice-to-have features, like an HD resolution, great brightness and color saturation, built-in speakers, and included streaming services like Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Spotify, and YouTube.
The Smart HDTV has a silver frame that blends seamlessly with most decor, plus comes equipped with a stable stand, so you can perch it on the counter. If you’d rather conserve the counter space, that’s fine, too—the television can be mounted out of the way easily.
Best Budget: Insignia 22-Inch Class LED Full HD TV
These days, you don’t have to spend a ton to get a quality TV for the kitchen—especially if you’re okay with something small. But that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality for affordability. The 22-Inch Insignia TV has an LED screen that boosts color accuracy, while still providing a crisp 1080 pixel HD viewing experience for a high level of detail. What’s more, the tech has a 60Hz refresh rate—the number of times per second that the image is refreshed on the screen—for a more realistic picture.
Another perk, especially since you’ll be viewing the TV while moving about the kitchen: It has 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles to provide a clear picture from just about anywhere you might stand while whipping up something delicious.
Best Splurge: Samsung 32-Inch Class The Frame QLED HDR Smart TV
When funds aren’t a concern, you can opt for the most luxurious of kitchen TVs, which is undoubtedly the Samsung Frame TV. If you’ve spent a fortune decorating your space just the way you want it, this TV is a great option, since it looks more like a work of art than a television, thanks to a slim design that’s encased in a picture frame bevel. That’s not all, though. When not in use, the TV can display any number of artwork, whether professional or your own photos. So it can make a pretty backdrop for a family dinner or while entertaining.
It’s not just nice to look at, though. The QLED picture is crisp and clear and the TV itself has a 20W speaker system for great audio without an added soundbar. Plus, it’s equipped with all the smart features you could want, like voice control through Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant, as well as a full suite of web browsing and streaming services.
Best Smart: Vizio D-Series 24-Inch Smart TV
For those who don’t want to add another cable box to their suite or have already made the decision to cut the cord, a comprehensive smart TV is the way to go. This way, you can still get a host of entertainment in the kitchen, but won’t have to pay extra for another box.
This particular TV is a great option since it’s fully equipped with SmartCase home, meaning you can stream high-quality 4K HDR content through included apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, and YouTube right on the TV using the included remote or SmartCast Mobile app on your phone or tablet. The TV also works with Apple AirPlay—simply use your Apple product to stream movies, shows, music, and even a slideshow of photos from iTunes, Apple TV, and other AirPlay-compatible apps. That’s not all, though: With your purchase, you get access to VIZIO WatchFree, a platform with free and unlimited TV from more than 150 channels.
Best Portable: SuperSonic SC-499 Portable Widescreen LCD TV
Want the option to watch TV in the kitchen, but don’t want to commit to having a device permanently situated on the counter or the wall? A small, portable TV is a decent option. Though these are much smaller and not quite as tech-savvy as standard models, they get the job done—especially this model, which has an LED screen that delivers a crisp, clear picture.
And though the SuperSonic Portable LED TV isn’t technically a smart TV, it does come equipped with USB, AC/DC, and MMC inputs that allow you to connect to other media devices, like Firestick, Roku, and Chromecast—all places you can get access to your favorite streaming services. The portable size makes it super convenient to move around no matter how you decide to organize your kitchen.
Best Display: TCL 32S327 32-Inch 1080p Smart TV
Though this TV is on the larger side (at least as far as small TVs for the kitchen go), it’s worth making room for the extra inches—especially if picture quality is important to you. The 32-inch set has a 1080-pixel full HD resolution LED display for excellent detail, color, and contrast. It also has a 60Hz refresh rate, so it can keep up with fast-moving action scenes or sports games without any residual motion blur (great for gaming, too!).
The TV also has a built-in Roku streaming player, so you can stream content from popular services, like Amazon, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Some other nice-to-haves: three HDMI ports, a USB port, and a headphone jack. If you have a home cook you really want to spoil, we think this makes a particularly great home and kitchen gift.
Best Sound: Samsung 32-Inch Class N5300 Series LED Full HD Smart Tizen TV
If you want a TV that can do it all—no extras required—look to this Samsung. It has an excellent full 1080p HD resolution that delivers plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors in all lighting conditions. Unlike many other sets, this one also has superior sound quality, thanks to two 5W speakers. Because of this combination, you’ll get one of the most full viewing experiences possible in a TV of this size.
You’ll also get all the nice features you want, like built-in WiFi that allows you to stream movies, videos, music, and more, as well as two HDMI inputs and a USB input.
Best Countertop: Westinghouse 24-Inch Class DVD Combo LED HD TV
This 24-inch TV is a great option for tight spaces, like the kitchen counter, because it’s slim and compact and comes with feet that allow the set to stand on its own. But, more importantly, it’s also a quality TV you can count on. It has 720 pixel HD resolution that performs well in all lighting conditions, 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, two 3W speakers for advanced sound, and a USB input.
If there’s any downside, it’s that this model isn’t a smart TV. It does, however, have something many others don’t: an integrated DVD player. Plus, you can always plug a Firestick, ROKU, or similar device into the USB port.
What to Look for When Buying A Small TV for the Kitchen
In the main living space, smart TVs are becoming more standardized, and so this means you can use the television as a media center. Do you want to be able to access your streaming services? How about a web browser? Some smart TVs have that capability. Other features to consider include the number and placement of HDMI and/or USB ports, which might be useful if you want to plug in peripherals such as laptops or gaming systems. Finally, another question would be whether or not Bluetooth connectivity is important to you and your family.
The most ideal size range is 20 to 40 inches depending on the size of your kitchen. Consider how large your kitchen is—a small kitchen can get away with a smaller television, but a larger kitchen will need a screen that’s closer to 40 inches, if the space can accommodate it. The same rules apply as for buying a television for your main living space—except, of course, with some considerations that come from placing a TV in the kitchen.
How it mounts
Where are you going to put it? Does it mount easily on the wall, or do you have to place it on a countertop? Can it rest on a base or a sturdy stand that can support an electronic device in a room that gets a lot of use—and foot traffic? If you need versatility with how the TV is going to exist in your space, it's worth thinking through what will work best with your setup.
Where should a TV be placed in the kitchen?
It all depends on your kitchen layout and size. If people gather around the island and that's where you do most of your prep, and you'd like to have a TV close by to watch while you cook, then find a spot that works within eye level.
If your kitchen is older, smaller and/or more traditional, space is likely a consideration. You could perhaps hide it in a little niche or a shelf, like one where you might normally tuck away a microwave. If your kitchen can accommodate it, you can hang it on the wall, a little higher thane ye level, if you imagine people will be watching it while standing. Another popular move is to place it as though it's just one of many appliances in the kitchen—above a double oven, for example.
What's the difference between LED and LCD?
Buying a television is a little bit like an exercise in understanding acronyms. The main screen types we have included here are LCD and LED. It gets confusing, but technically speaking, LED displays are the same as LCD displays. However, LCD's light source at the back of the screen is fluorescent, whereas LED displays use light-emitting diodes (hence, LEDs). An LED television also uses less power and typically is known for a brighter display with sharper contrast; the panels tend to be thinner, too.
How can I hide my kitchen TV?
If you'd like the TV to be less conspicuous in the kitchen, you're not alone. There are a few ways to deal with this issue. You can hide it behind a hidden panel or cabinet. You can obscure it behind a framed print or photo. Make it less conspicuous by positioning it on a shelf in your kitchen with other things such as cookbooks, small potted plants, mugs, bowls, and/or smaller appliances or other kitchen essentials.
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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. She also holds a culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute.